W0BMU, HOWARD "Tex" HARVEY, W0BMU
Howard Harvey, most often called "Tex" took his Radio Officers license before the U.S. Commerce Department and lied about his age and obtained a job as a radiotelegraph operator on a barge travelling the Erie Canal. He had been using this Vibroplex Blue Racer made in 1912 for over 75 years. He would often tell me that he had a "Lake Erie Swing" and he did as he learned that particular method of sending while on the Lake Erie Canal, but I would correct him being much too precise, by saying "No, you have a Lake Erie Canal swing." to which he would just double over laughing. Tex last lived in Creve Coeur, Missouri about 1,000 miles from me in Massachusetts but he would put in one of the few audible signals (the other was K0PNB from St. Louis, MO) from the Western side of the Mississippi River during daylight hours on 40 meters- which means he had an outstanding signal. This is a one of the recordings that Macalee "Lea" Hime, AB5TY of Texas made of him at my request. Also heard is Kenneth Cooper W2BNA who breaks in at an inportune time during the recording for posterity. Tex was so happy about this recording being preserved as an example of "Lake Erie Swing" that he even spoke about it on his death bed. 73 and BV OM.
Mediatype imageCreator David J. Ring, Jr., N1EAIdentifier W0bmuHowardtexHarveyW0bmuAddeddate 2012-06-11 02:59:39Publicdate 2012-06-11 03:00:58Backup_location ia903804_34